Colorado Springs legislator labels unmarried teen parents 'sluts'

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http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2008/feb/07/lawmaker-uses-derogatory-term-describe-teen-parent/

COLORADO SPRINGS — A state lawmaker used a derogatory term Wednesday to describe unmarried teen parents as sexually promiscuous and complained that society condones premarital sex.

“In my parents’ day and age, (unmarried teen parents) were sent away, they were shunned, they were called what they are,” Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Larry Liston said during a GOP legislative caucus meeting in Denver. “There was at least a sense of shame.

“There’s no sense of shame today," Liston continued, according to the The Gazette of Colorado Springs. "Society condones it. ... I think it’s wrong. They’re sluts. And I don’t mean just the women. I mean the men, too.”

Rep. Stella Garza Hicks, who was at the meeting, said Liston should apologize.

“I feel that he owes the apology somewhere, whether it’s to the same group that he spoke to before or someone else,” she told The Gazette.

Garza Hicks, R-Colorado Springs, said she was “disturbed” and “offended” by the word but didn’t confront Liston at the time because she was so surprised to hear him use it.

Liston told The Gazette later he could have chosen his words better but believes many people feel the way he does.

He said he wanted to make the point that teens who can’t afford to take care of children can have them anyway and expect the government to pay for it. He said that often traps the parents and their children in a cycle of poverty without enough education.

Lorez Meinhold of the Colorado Health Foundation said shame has been shown have little impact on values and behavior. She said state leaders should focus instead on the scarcity of programs aimed at preventing teen pregnancy.

Garza Hicks said the state needs more prevention programs through schools and community groups, but she said the public must decide whether it wants to fund them.

“Sometimes it takes just a little more information, a little more education,” Garza Hicks said. “And we must not give up on them either.”
 

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I defend his right to say whatever he wants. If people don’t like his comment then he will be voted out, plain and simple.

Having said that, those ultra-conservatives sure have a hard-on about marriage “before the eyes of God”. I guarantee his problem concerning this issue has less to do with the teen part than it does the unmarried part of it.
 

Vyce

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What's the problem? They are sluts.
 

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“In my parents’ day and age, (unmarried teen parents) were sent away, they were shunned, they were called what they are,” Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Larry Liston said during a GOP legislative caucus meeting in Denver. “There was at least a sense of shame.
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I wish common sense was more common. The slut comment was going to far, but the overall idea is tack on. We need to stop telling these teen girls that it's "Okay" to be a mom at that age or to be a single mother. It happens, it's sometimes unavoidable, but it shouldn't be condoned.
 

CougarHunter

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Not true at all, it's 100% avoidable.

This isn't 1941 afterall.
 
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I wish common sense was more common. The slut comment was going to far, but the overall idea is tack on. We need to stop telling these teen girls that it's "Okay" to be a mom at that age or to be a single mother. It happens, it's sometimes unavoidable, but it shouldn't be condoned.

That's true, but it's something that should be done on a parental level. I don't want government officials legislating on social issues.
 

Vyce

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I don't either, but, sadly, most parents these days are fucking morons who can't be bothered to take a more active role in their teen's lives.

Which leads to these sort of problems. Where legislators may have to step in because the parent's won't step up.

Really, I have to figure that a startling majority of the problems we have with kids today are due to the fact that parents are just fucking dropping the ball.
 
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Really, I have to figure that a startling majority of the problems we have with kids today are due to the fact that parents are just fucking dropping the ball.
Well, it's sort of a chicken or the egg argument. I mean, legislators went too far with calling spanking abuse and made it so hard to just be a parent and allow you kid to do stupid shit that may hurt them... I mean, do kids really need a helmet to ride a bicycle? Police intervention for food fights?

Yeah, crack addicted mom who leaves the kids alone for 36 hours while she whores to feed her addiction, get those kids. A kid in the suburbs dies because he fell off his bike and hit his head so the DA prosecuts for negligent homicide?

I know it's not a one to one argument, but over-legislation has led (in part) to bad parenting imo...
 

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dammit, no pics of these "sluts"